... to have developed the world's first computer weather forecast system aimed at preventing road accidents in winter. Full article here Call me an old fogey, and some probably will, but don't we get weather reports every 20 minutes or so on the radio, every hour on the TV and isn't a quick look out of the window is a dead giveaway to the current conditions? So why do we need a PC network to tell us all it's cold and icy outside on the roads. Let's face it weather forecasting is not an exact science. Last Sunday, in Durham, we had about 1cm of snow, the local forecast said we could expect another 10 cm over the next few days. The next day it was sunny, the snow melted and we had a week of pleasant sunshine. That made it extremely difficult to get around. You couldn't see where you were going for the brightness. It's a sad thought that the management of our Highways Department have to be told when to activate the master plan to keep our roads open. What happened to common sense? It's February. It's winter. What are we expecting, the sun melting the tarmac on the road surface and sticking everyone on the M25? We all know the temperature drops below freezing at this time of year so why is it such a surprise to these people? It's a little known fact that here in the UK our snow is so 'snowy' that a mere 2mm coating on most roads can bring the nation to a standstill, prevent aircraft from flying and bring the entire rail network to a halt. Local councils know their area so it shouldn't be a difficult job to at least keep the major roads fairly clear. So why does the British public panic so much? I like the sentiment, but road accidents happen all year round. What we really need is some way of training drivers to cope with icy conditions. Hell, we can produce articial ski slopes for summer use, why not have a few places around Briitain with 'snow centres' where people could be trained on slippery roads? Well, that's it from me. I just needed a good rant.